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Edward Burra's paintings are eccentric, varied and bleak. Adrian Hamilton celebrates this most neglected of British artists at his first retrospective in 25 years

Basketball: Champions Spain prove too strong for Britain

Great Britain put up a better fight on day three of the European Championships in Lithuania yesterday but could not produce an upset against defending champions Spain, losing 86-69.

Williams leads World Match Race Tour

In the shadow of the Cresta Run, the green jersey of the King of the Mountains moved significantly closer for Britain’s Ian Williams as he topped the league table at the St. Moritz Match Race.

Letter from Simon Kelner: Even Italians would find some of your jokes funny

It's a funny thing, humour. It's not universal - we are no more likely to share the same sense of humour than we are to fancy the same person - and it doesn't cross national boundaries.

Man who 'provided women' for Berlusconi is held for blackmail

The businessman who allegedly supplied Silvio Berlusconi with women for his parties in Rome and Sardinia has been arrested on charges of blackmailing the Italian premier.

12 held after Ibiza drugs swoop

Nine Britons and three Irishmen are being held in Ibiza as part of a major police swoop against drug traffickers on the party island.

Berlusconi blackmail suspect arrested

Italian police arrested a businessman on charges of allegedly extorting money from Premier Silvio Berlusconi to ensure the man's cooperation in a probe over recruiting prostitutes to attend wild parties at Berlusconi's home.

Manchester United move was 'close' reveals Wesley Sneijder

Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder revealed today he came "close" to joining Manchester United this summer.

Gualtiero Jacopetti: Italian film-maker whose provocative Mondo documentaries broke new ground for realism in the cinema

When the satirical US rock group The Tubes wanted to shock audiences in the mid-Seventies, they had their lead singer, Fee Waybill, wear a leather mask and thong, and little else, as he shone a torchlight into his face and sang their ode to S&M entitled "Mondo Bondage". They were following in the footsteps of the exploitation director Russ Meyer, who called his 1966 pseudo-documentary about strippers Mondo Topless, and the cult film-maker John Waters, who named his 1969 black comedy Mondo Trasho. However, mondo – the Italian noun for "world" – was first introduced into the English language by another director, Gualtiero Jacopetti, whose "shockumentaries" entitled Mondo Cane ("A Dog's Life", 1962), La Donna Nel Mondo ("Women of the World", 1963) and Mondo Pazzo ("Mad World", also known as Mondo Cane 2, 1963) proved unlikely box-office successes at a time when cinema and television shied away from graphic images.

Cycling: Wiggins takes lead in the Tour of Spain

Bradley Wiggins claimed the overall lead in the Tour of Spain yesterday after David Moncoutie won a mountain finish to take the 11th stage.

Child obesity swells as Italy forgets eating habits

Italy is famed for its healthy Mediterranean diet, but alarming new figures show that it has a higher proportion of overweight children than anywhere in Europe.

Letter from the editor: Happy return to work

Thank you for your feedback on our changes — although I can tell from i’s mailbag, that so many of you have been away.

Sicily's new oil boom threatens marine life, campaigners warn

Pristine and fragile stretches of the Sicilian coastline are under threat from the rush to plunder the island's rich oil resources, environment campaigners warned yesterday.

Trichet defends ECB independence

Jean-Claude Trichet insisted to European parliamentarians yesterday that the European Central Bank remains fully independent of national governments, despite the Bank's emergency purchase of Spanish and Italian sovereign bonds earlier this month. The ECB's President pointed out that the Bank has only bought bonds in the secondary market (rather than directly from governments) and called for all eurozone states to show "strict respect" for budgetary discipline in exchange for such market assistance.

Markets bounce on hopes for US

Europe's stock markets bounced higher yesterday as investors were encouraged by the views expressed on Friday by Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

Britons most pessimistic about UK economy

Britons are among the most pessimistic in the world about their country's economic prospects, it was revealed today.

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